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Astrobiology Top 10: More Money, and a New Path to the Stars
Topic: Moon to Mars
Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 astrobiology stories of 2010. At number 8, the cancellation of the Constellation program and NASA's new plans to work with commercial space developers in order to maintain human access to space. (Originally published 2/2/2010).

Can We Grow Crops on Other Planets?
Topic: Moon to Mars
A new study suggests that the surfaces of Mars, Venus and the Moon could be suitable for farming, moving one step closer to the next phase in space exploration: colonizing other planets.

How Much Radiation Will Mars Explorers Have to Endure?
Topic: Moon to Mars
The primary goal of NASA's upcoming Mars Science Laboratory is to determine whether or not habitable environments for life once existed at its landing site. However, the mission will also provide important data while en route to Mars by monitoring how much radiation living organisms would absorb on a trip to the red planet.

The Moon's Buried Treasures
Topic: Moon to Mars
New data from NASA's LCROSS and LRO missions indicates that lunar soil within shadowy craters is rich in materials that could be useful for future human explorers. The findings also indicate that the Moon is chemically active and has a water cycle.

China Heads Back to the Moon
Topic: Moon to Mars
China has successfully launched their second robotic mission, named Chang'E-2. The satellite is scheduled to reach the Moon in five days, where it will collect high-resolution imagery of future landing sites for China's Chang'E-3 lunar rover.

Synthetic Life Could Aid Space Exploration
Topic: Moon to Mars
When packing for a manned mission to Mars or the Moon, the best thing to bring may not be food or fuel, but specially-designed organisms that can create those things for you.

Desert RATS in the Field
Topic: Moon to Mars
NASA's Desert RATS – or Research and Technology Studies – are making their 13th trip to the desert this fall for another round of analog testing. The Earth-based project is helping NASA plan future human missions to locations like Mars where humans will play a scientific role in the search for life in our solar system.

The Moon's Complex, Turbulent Youth
Topic: Moon to Mars
New data shows that the Moon's surface is more complex than scientist previously thought. By studying evidence of geologic processes and impacts on the Moon, astrobiologists are learning about the history of our solar system and the conditions that allowed for a habitable Earth.

How Microbes Could Help Colonize Mars
Topic: Moon to Mars
Tiny rock-eating microbes could mine precious extraterrestrial resources from Mars and pave the way for the first human colonists, but would take much longer to help transform the red planet via terraforming.

The Incredibly Shrinking Moon
Topic: Moon to Mars
Cliffs in the lunar crust indicate the Moon shrank globally in the geologically recent past and might still be shrinking today. Studying the Moon is important to astrobiologists because lunar history could yield clues about the history of our Solar System and, ultimately, the habitability of the Earth.

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